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Mentawai Losing Its Identity

I find generations of tattooed people who remain in a land of Sikerei, on the island of Siberut, to be precise.

In the past, they physically inked a forest philosophy onto themselves, done by the Sipatiti (tattoo specialist). It acts like a language, each inks expresses social status, clan, and hunting skill.

However when modernity come sweeping like a big wave, they could not contain it. Now a large number of the new generation of Mentawai people had rejected their ancestral traditions opting for more pragmatic approach in life.

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